First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), in partnership with American Indigenous Business Leaders (AIBL) and The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is proud to announce a Native Youth Business Plan Competition to be held in conjunction with the AIBL National Leadership Conference and Reservation Economic Summit (RES2021). The competition will consist of 2 divisions: high school and tribal college/college or university. Business plan applications will be due by June 1, 2021, and 10 semifinalist teams will be selected to receive additional business mentorship and participate in the onstage competition on July 19, 2021, at RES 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Business Plan Competition is an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and enhance their business, entrepreneurial, and academic experience. The goal is to prepare students for business and entrepreneurship opportunities in the future.
The competition is intended to provide an educational experience for students by learning the process of creating and presenting a business plan. Each business plan will be created through the efforts of all participating students. With the guidance of business mentors, teams will receive feedback to strengthen their business plan proposals and develop pitches for team presentations at the 2021 National AIBL and RES Conferences. Business Plan Competition teams are under no obligation to implement their plans.
Through the generous support of 2021 conference sponsors, the Business Plan Competition will recognize competition winners with cash and in-kind awards.
Students in each category – high school and college or university – compete for cash prizes:
- 1st place – $2,500
- 2nd place – $1,250
- 3rd place – $750
About First Nations Development Institute
For 40 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.
About National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.ncaied.org.
About American Indigenous Business Leaders
AIBL is the only American Indigenous non-profit organization solely dedicated to empowering business students in the United States. Our programs are designed to engage students in activities that stimulate, enhance, and expand educational experiences beyond traditional academic methods. All students are encouraged to participate in AIBL regardless of race, academic major, or career objectives. For more information, visit https://www.aibl.org/.